Attorney William Driscoll offers post-conviction and criminal appeal services for cases originating in Massachusetts State court system. He seeks to identify and pursue every viable option in the Massachusetts and federal courts.
Some appeals are pursued before trial, such as challenging the outcome of a denied motion to suppress evidence. This type of appeal is called an interlocutory appeal. Prevailing on this appeal will typically provide substantial assistance in the trial court.
Most appeals are pursued upon conviction. This type of appeal is called a direct appeal. An appeal is not a new trial. But it can result in a new trial, or vindication. Attorney Driscoll is ready to pursue an appeal, where warranted, all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Federal relief is available when relief is not granted in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. This relief is pursued with a petition for federal habeas corpus. This form of relief protects individuals from incarceration premised upon the violation of a federal law or Constitution. This habeas corpus petition is pursued in the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Exhausting the avenues for appellate relief need not be the end of your pursuit for justice. A collateral appeal may be pursued to attack a prior guilty plea or conviction. This type of appeal is pursued via a new trial motion.
Other forms of post-conviction relief exist, and are case specific. For example, the is the availability of a state petition for habeas corpus. General Laws Chapter 278A provides the opportunity to obtain post-conviction forensic and scientific analysis (e.g., using deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) technology).
To learn more, call Attorney Driscoll today for a consultation: 978-846-5184.
A criminal conviction has consequences for the defendant and their family for years and decades into the future. There are many forms consequences besides incarceration. There is the forfeiture of rights and immigration status. There is the impact on public benefits such as housing and education. If a future crime is alleged then there is increased bail, pretrial detention, and the real potential for an increased sentence upon conviction in the State and federal courts.